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Exhibiting these traits will inspire confidence in your leadership. Not exhibiting these traits or exhibiting the opposite of these traits will decrease your leadership influence with those around you.
It is important to exhibit, model and display these traits. Simply possessing each trait is not enough; you have to display it in a way that people notice. People want to see that you actively demonstrate these leadership qualities and will not just assume that you have them. For example, just because you are not dishonest will not cause people to recognize that you are honest.
Honesty as a Leadership Quality People want to follow an honest leader.
Years ago, many employees started out by Leadership want and people that their leadership was honest simply because the authority of their position. With modern scandals, this is no longer true. When you start a leadership position, you need to assume that people will think you are a little dishonest.
In order to be seen as an honest individual, you will have to go out of your way to display honesty. People will not assume you are honest simply because you have never been caught lying. One of the most frequent places where leaders miss an opportunity to display honesty is in handling mistakes.
There was a medium size organization that was attempting to move to a less centralized structure. Instead of one location serving an entire city, they wanted to put smaller offices throughout the entire metro area. At the same time, they were planning an expansion for headquarters to accommodate more customers at the main site.
The smaller remote offices was heralded as a way to reach more customers at a lower cost and cover more demographic areas.
After spending a considerable amount of money on a satellite location, it became clear that the cost structure would not support a separate smaller office. As the construction completed on the expanded headquarters building, the smaller office was closed.
This was good decision making. Unfortunately in this situation the leadership told employees that they had planned on closing the satellite location all along and it was just a temporary measure until construction was completed on the larger headquarters building.
Within a few months the situation was mostly forgotten and everyone moved on. Few of the employees felt that leadership was being dishonest.
However, they had passed up a marvelous opportunity to display the trait of honesty in admitting a mistake. Opportunities to display honesty on a large scale may not happen every day.
As a leader, showing people that you are honest even when it means admitting to a mistake, displays a key trait that people are looking for in their leaders. By demonstrating honesty with yourself, with your organization and with outside organizations, you will increase your leadership influence.
People will trust someone who actively displays honesty—not just as an honest individual, but as someone who is worth following.
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